BeCause Yoga is the project of San Antonio-based yoga instructor, Lesley Nicole Ramsey—me!
BeCause Yoga is a Texas-based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to promote and provide wellness programs including yoga, somatic experiencing, meditation and other embodied practices for individual wellbeing and collective empowerment.
I spent the first two decades of my professional life as a progressive organizer, rabble rouser, coalition builder and facilitator, advocate, and lobbyist. After an accomplished career in fighting mode, I took a break to reassess tactics and conduct a sort of cost-benefit analysis of that work on my life. I moved to San Antonio for love. I did some grieving I had been “too busy” to do before. And, after 20 years of study and practice, I became a full time yoga teacher.
BeCause Yoga integrates my commitment social justice with a desire to bring the healing tools of yoga to front line change makers, to help them prevent burnout and compassion fatigue, and keep their communities and movements whole and thriving.
With BeCause Yoga, I am bringing the healing tools of yoga to activists, advocates, artists and educators working on the on the front lines of social change. On the flip side, I’m bringing the critical sensibility for making change into the yoga world, to cultivate new activists reaching into new parts of the community.